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Making Cordage with Plant Fibers

  • Jan 19, 2014 · 2:00 PM
  • Maryland Naturalist Center

For 1000s of years humans have twisted plant fibers into cordage to create rope, fishing line and nets, bowdrills, traps, bows, snares, and shelters.  Come and learn how.

Nick Spero will demonstrate and then help us create cordage from Dogbane stems (Apocynum cannabinum), Yucca leaves (Yucca filamentosa) and Milkweed stems (Asclepias syriaca).

Cost:  $20 for non-members of the Natural History Society of Maryland; $10 for members of the Natural History Society of Maryland; FREE for children under 12 with an adult.  Cash or check at the door. 

Nick is a volunteer—as are all those who work for the Society—so your money will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible.  Join the Natural History Society of Maryland by visiting

Nick Spero works as a biologist and entomologist for i2LResearch, doing efficacy trials and field research.  He loves to hunt and fish, and primitive technology has piqued his interest since he was a child. 



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  • Linda D.

    I think anyone interested in cordage will enjoy viewing footage of men making rope with both hands and feet. It's at the beginning of this video of a French woman climber who climbs climbs rope-free.

    March 19, 2014

  • Justine S.

    Very helpful! Great instruction and materials.

    January 20, 2014

  • Joyceyens

    A great group and an interesting workshop. I'm looking forward to a fire making workshop.

    January 19, 2014

  • Joyceyens

    An interesting workshop.

    January 19, 2014

  • Jenny M.

    Had a good time and learned a lot.

    January 19, 2014

  • Adrian

    I'm bummed that I am unable to make it tomorrow. Maybe next time, if this is scheduled again, please.

    January 18, 2014

  • Rachel W.

    As long as I feel well enough , will be there with my husband. Bronchitis right now.

    January 18, 2014

  • Jill

    I might be able to come for the first hour. I hope so!!

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Joyceyens

    I love making cordage from dogbane! We may go away for President's weekend but if not, I'll be there. Will update.

    December 23, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Thank You for this teaching.

    2 · December 21, 2013

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